Horchata Cupcakes

In a previous post we showed you how to make your own Horchata at home.  Ever since I saw this Horchata Cupcakes recipe I knew I had to try to make it and it did not dissapoint me.  You can use fresh Horchata for the cupcake recipe or you can use Horchata mix which you can probably find in the international section at your supermarket. Just make sure you make a stronger mix. Usually it calls for 3 tablespoons per 8 oz of liquid, so use 4 or 5 tablespoons instead.  If the mix calls for water, I suggest you use milk, even if the package says it already contains milk.


Horchata Cupcakes

Horchata Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop

1 stick butter
1 ½ cups sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup Horchata
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 large egg whites


  1. Preheat oven at 350ºF. Line standard muffins tins with paper liners.
  2. Soften butter in the mixer on high speed.
  3. Add the sugar to the butter and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside.
  5. Mix the horchata and vanilla together, set aside.
  6. Add the flour mixture and horchata mixture to the butter/sugar in 3 parts alternating between flour and horchata and beating well after each addition. Always start and end with the flour mix.
  7. Set aside incorporated mixture.
  8. In a clean mixer bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites into cake batter until incorporated. You can do this with a spatula and try not to overwork the batter.
  9. Scoop batter into the prepared cupcake pans.
  10. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. After you take them out of the oven, leave them on the tin to cool for about 5 minutes before removing them!

Horchata Frosting


2 cups of Whipping Cream
4 tablespoons Confectioners’ sugar
6 tablespoons dried horchata mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Whip the cream together with the confectioners’ sugar in a cold metal bowl.
  2. Once it has thickenned, add the powdered horchata just until it has incorporated
  3. Add the vanilla and mix.
  4. Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.

Horchata Cupcakes

Horchata Cupcakes

Horchata Cupcakes

Horchata Cupcakes

Horchata Cupcakes

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  2. Kitty

    May 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for the link back! We inspired Karen from Messhie’s Mom to bake some Horchata Cupcakes!

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  8. Heather Rohrer

    November 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Those are really delicious!

  9. Kitty

    November 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    We’re glad you liked them! :)

  10. Stella

    February 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Is there a reason why you use only 4 tablespoons of confectioners sugar? Other recipes call for cups. Is it because this recipe uses whipping cream instead of butter?

  11. Helga

    February 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Hello Stella,
    Yes, you are right! I only used 4 tablespoons because this is a whipped cream topping, not buttercream. The horchata mix usually has sugar in it, so you don’t need to add a lot of it to your whipped cream. Also, personally… I prefer the light and delicate flavor you get from a topping such as this one. Buttercream can be too heavy. Have you tried the recipe?

  12. joanne w.

    April 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    My batter came out so thick it’s like cookie dough. Any suggestions?

  13. joanne w.

    April 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Never mind…. fixed it. Was reading this recipe off my phone and it didn’t load the egg white section.

  14. Helga

    April 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    So glad you got to fix the batter! Let us know how the cupcakes turned out :)

  15. Joanne W.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    They are AMAZING. For real. I think next time I might even cut about 1/4 c. of the sugar out of the cupcake part as a bit sweet for me (hubby loved them) they were for his birthday. Seriously one of the best cupcake recipes I’ve made. Thank you soo much for sharing.

  16. Kitty

    April 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    We are so glad you and your husband loved them Joanne! Great news for us!

  17. Liesa

    November 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I’m from wv where can I find the dry horchata?

  18. Kitty

    November 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Liesa!
    You can find Horchata powder from Amazon. You can try Zuko Instant Powder Drink Horchata or KLASS Horchata Instant Drink Mix.

  19. andrea

    April 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    It doesnt say when to add the cinnamon?

  20. Kitty

    April 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Hello Andrea! We didn’t notice! Thanks for letting us know. You can add it on step 4, when sifting the dry ingredients. Will fix it right away!


  21. andrea

    April 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks! Thats just how I did it lol they are delicious loved the recipe!

  22. Elisa

    July 31, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I know when i make whip cream its very light and smooth, but do you think i can turn the horchata mix into a simple syrup instead of adding it as is? I feel like it might me gritty, or how does the whip cream taste?

  23. Kitty

    July 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Elisa! I wouldn’t add a simple syrup as it would break the whipped cream and make it runny. You can omit the horchata mix, but gives it a nice flavor to go along the cupcake. Whipping cream tastes like cream, so you can flavor it to your liking. We suggest in this recipe, adding a little bit of vanilla extract as well as confectioners’ sugar to give it a subtle sweetness.

    Hope this helps you out, and tell us how it turns out!

  24. Kara

    October 14, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Does this frosting need to be refrigerated?

  25. Kitty

    October 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Hi Kara! Thank you for your question! As these cupcakes have Whipping Cream as a base, we do recommend having them refrigerated if not serving right away. If you plan to make ahead, you can bake the cupcakes and prepare the frosting, keep it in the fridge and frost them when serving.

  26. Faith Morrow

    January 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Is a difference between horchata and horchata mix or is it the same? Could I just use the same horchata for the batter and frosting or not?

  27. Kitty

    January 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Faith!
    There is. Horchata, is the already prepared version of the drink, as horchata mix is the instant mix powder you can find at stores.
    Hope this helps!


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